As assets age, coatings breakdown and repair is a fundamental aspect of operation and maintenance. Many windfarm operators schedule paint rectification campaigns on an annual basis. Dealing with defects and anomalies on a campaign basis means that personnel and contractors change frequently, resulting in the loss of field and system knowledge. This adds to operational cost and reduces quality of delivery.
Bilfinger Salamis UK currently has a fully qualified rope access coatings rectification team in the Sheringham Shoal field, carrying out a 3-year programme of repair across all turbine and substation assets. The Bilfimger team has become a core part of the maintenance effort, and is deployed between March and October.
Over the period of the contract, Bilfinger has been able to engage with the client, understand issues and put forward innovative coating solutions, whilst maintaining a consistent, locally-based, team. This allows for the vital retention of field knowledge and increases flexibility.